History of the United States of America during the Administration of Thomas Jefferson

History of the United States of America during the Administration of Thomas Jefferson

History of the United States of America during the Administration of Thomas Jefferson

History of the United States of America during the Administration of Thomas Jefferson

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It is now forty years since Henry Adams published, with no little trepidation, the first two volumes of his HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES DURING THE ADMINISTRATION OF THOMAS JEFFERSON AND JAMES MADISON. Since that time economic interpretations have succeeded political and psychological interpretations have succeeded economic, the broad canvas has been replaced by the miniature, the full-length history by the monograph. Histories, biographies and special studies of the Jefferson and Madison administrations have poured from the presses in bewildering numbers and scores of devoted scholars, not unconscious of the generalization that each generation must rewrite past history, have labored industriously to reconstruct that epoch. Yet the HISTORY remains, not only a literary achievement of rare beauty, but an historical achievement of the first order. With the exception of Francis Parkman's FRANCE AND ENGLAND IN NORTH AMERICA it is the only major work yet produced by an American historian of which it can justly be said that age cannot wither it nor custom stale its infinite variety.

Adams himself, with that profound philosophical . . .

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